More than a dozen youth leaders from Perth headed to the national bi-annual Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) hosted in Adelaide from 3-5 October, 2014. They were joined by almost 400 participants and even two Bishops from WA.
The theme for the convention was taken from the WYD 2014 theme ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Mt 5:3). Formation, information and inspiration were delivered by Bishops and Australia’s best Youth Ministers for the three days.
It also included a National WYD launch of the new official tour operator for Krakow 2016 – Cosmos. It was a Polish themed dinner at the Convention, complete with Polish dancers during the night and a mini- concert by Fr Rob Galea.
The next Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be hosted in Adelaide in December of 2015 was also launched on the Saturday evening of the convention. The big announcement was accompanied by great food, spectacular program and a festive venue.
The ACYMC included plenary sessions across a variety of topics and workshops on how to speak to young people about vocations, safe-guarding young people, training new leaders, studies in youth ministry and more.
The youth leaders who attended were able to gain resources and teachings from a wide variety of youth ministers from around Australia.
Nationally, the 2nd edition of the ‘Anointed and Sent – Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry’ was launched by the ACBC Office for Youth. It has been five years since the document was initially given by the Bishops of Australia to the Church and some great progressions have occurred in developing the Bishops support for youth ministry around the country.
The convention concluded with a Eucharistic celebration with Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin.
The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention will once again happen in two years’ time. While the Perth youth leaders gained valuable lessons and resources throughout the convention, one thing for sure they took back with them was a connection with many aspiring and inspiring youth leaders from around Australia.
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